The Democratic fight to take on Trump heats up

The Democratic fight to take on Trump heats upMy opinion on American presidential politics and $3 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Then again, you can dispense with my opinion and just spend the $3 to get the coffee. But if you want my opinion. … The Iowa caucuses are upon us – the first major moment in the United…

Casting about for new Canadian trade partners

The CANZUK proposal wouldn't replace the United States as the key player in our economy, but at least it would give us more options

Casting about for new Canadian trade partnersCANZUK International was formed to promote a European Union-like agreement for the free movement of citizens, free trade and foreign policy co-ordination between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom. The organization was created in November 2014, first as The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organization, by James Skinner, its executive director. According to Skinner: “The…

Debunking the myth of immigrant assimilation

Language, religious laws and practices, cultural and culinary traditions all function to discourage, prevent or, at the very least, slow down assimilation

Debunking the myth of immigrant assimilationThere are approximately 260 million immigrants in the world. An immigrant is defined as someone residing in a country other than their place of birth. Of that number, roughly 50 million are “illegal immigrants” who lack official authorization to reside in their host country. In 2017, roughly 3.4 per cent of the world’s population of…

The Mueller indictments: laughing all the way to the Kremlin

The entire episode feels increasingly like a Russian intelligence operation designed to create political turmoil in the U.S. and exacerbate social tensions

The Kremlin’s favourite soap opera these days is the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Each new episode is followed intently. It’s unclear whether popcorn or caviar is served, and whether fans at the Kremlin consider the program a drama or a comedy. Its popularity, however, is indisputable. The investigation…

The western media’s appalling embrace of North Korea

The international media is so blind in its disdain for Trump that they are whitewashing the crimes of one of the world’s most repressive regimes

The western media’s appalling embrace of North KoreaThe government of Kim Jong-un is one of the world’s most repressive, holding North Korea’s 25 million people in a virtual slave state. A third or more of North Koreans suffer from malnutrition. The regime’s penal camps are among the harshest on Earth, with a reported 20 per cent of inmates dying within 12 months…

Turmoil in Europe puts union at a crossroads

The next few years will determine whether Europe’s current problems represent bumps in the road or a fundamental turning point in its grand vision

Turmoil in Europe puts union at a crossroadsImagine perusing your local newspaper one morning to discover the Province of Alberta had voted to secede from Canada and was in increasingly tense talks with the federal government over the terms of its departure. At the same time, the lower mainland of B.C. had voted to leave the province in a bitterly contested election…

The German election earthquake

The AfD has its share of political troglodytes but they are not Nazis

The German election earthquakeBy all accounts, Germany’s elections on Sunday turned out exactly as expected. Angela Merkel cruised to an easy victory. Her fourth term puts her on track to be the longest serving chancellor in the post-Second World War period and second only to Otto von Bismarck as Germany’s longest serving leader. Beneath the surface, however, the…

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?

Arguments that Iran has already violated the agreement and that the U.S. should pull out and immediately reinstate sanctions have consequences

Should the U.S. withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, as “the stupidest deal of all time” and vowed that if he became president he would “rip it up.” Now, as president, Trump’s posturing suggests he’s ready to do just that. The deal…

The legacy of 9/11: no end in sight for the war on terror

We’ve spent the last 16 years fighting the symptoms of jihadism but we’ve made little progress in dealing with its root causes

The legacy of 9/11: no end in sight for the war on terrorThis week marks the 16th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. It wasn’t the beginning of jihadism or terrorism. Nor was it the first attack by jihadists in Europe or North America. Still, 9/11 marks a beginning. Sixteen years later, however, it’s still unclear what beginning it marks.…

Canada’s economic outlook positive, YPO’s Global Pulse confirms

Rising commodity prices, increased tourism revenue, higher investment and an overall strong economic performance all contributed to the positive outlook

Canada’s economic outlook positive, YPO’s Global Pulse confirmsYPO, the world’s leading chief executive leadership organization, reported today that business confidence among Canadian business leaders strengthened considerably in 2017’s second quarter. The upturn confirmed an an equally optimistic forecast by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In its latest World Economic Outlook, the IMF predicted that Canada’s economic growth would lead the G7 countries…
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